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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 semester
Start date: February-2020
Rotokauri Campus
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This programme will give students the skills and knowledge needed to be able to deliver exercise instruction to others. Students will learn the important theory of personal training, and build a base of practical experience.

Graduates of the programme will be eligible to register with the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals. Practical work is a major component of the study, enabling students to graduate ready to hit the ground running.

Students will learn how to:

  • Deliver safe and effective exercise programmes, including pre- screening, within their own scope of practice and industry code of ethics.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to adapt and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes.
  • Adapt programmes for apparently healthy people and common at risk groups using exercise science and testing.
  • Apply motivational and communication techniques to enhance individual participant commitment to a personalised exercise programme.
  • Apply a health and wellness framework and evidence-based nutrition principles to support a personalised exercise programme and recommend referral pathways to allied health professions.
  • Use marketing and business tools and techniques to support business practices as an exercise professional.

We support you while you study

Wintec provides support from day one.

Students will have access to free study preparation courses, academic resources, a specialist student learning services team, library filled with resources and staffed by expert librarians, a dedicated team for Māori and Pasifika support, disability support services, and affordable health care on campus.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates can be employed or self-employed in roles such as: exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor or personal trainer.

This programme provides a pathway to, and is a prerequisite for, the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5).

Entry criteria

Applicants are required to have completed:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Educational Achievement in Exercise Science; or
  • Comparable Level 3 qualification in Exercise; or
  • An international qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 2

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36


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